LONDON — A performance of an opera directed by Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam will be among the productions from the English National Opera to be shown live in up to 300 movie theaters across the U.K. and Ireland, and selected cinemas worldwide.
The live opera program, which will go under the banner ENO Screen, is the result of a deal between ENO and Altive Media. It begins with a live performance of David Alden’s production of Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes,” starring Stuart Skelton, on Feb. 23. Gilliam’s production of Hector Berlioz’s “Benvenuto Cellini” will be broadcast live to cinemas in June. From the fall, live screenings will extend to five or six productions a season.
The production team will be headed by director Andy Morahan and producer Dione Orrom.
Altive is distributing all ENO Screen productions worldwide for all platforms following the theatrical release.
“ENO’s entry into cinemas will be as distinctive as our live work in the theater, creating a truly cinematic experience. Our productions are already seen worldwide in more than 30 cities, and I believe that the cinema broadcasts will enable many more people to enjoy the excitement and passion of ENO’s work, and will encourage those visiting London to come to the theater and see an ENO opera first hand,” John Berry, ENO artistic director said.
Altive managing director Craig Shurn commented: “We’ll be reaching out to those who already love opera, and to people who have never tried it before, helping to build on the growing demand for this kind of quality entertainment.”